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Course content

On this established and well respected course, you gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be an effective sport and exercise science practitioner and/or researcher. You develop strong technical, analytical, practical and professional skills, alongside specialist skills in • biomechanics and performance analysis • physiology and nutrition • strength and conditioning.

The course enables you to

  • develop your understanding of science
  • develop your ability to apply theory to practice in sport and exercise
  • work towards British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accreditation, (at the discretion of BASES, graduates are able to apply for exemption from some elements of the BASES supervised experience accreditation scheme)
  • conduct independent research, for which you can seek publication through our project module
  • gain experience as a sport or exercise science consultant

We offer a first-class suite of research and teaching laboratories alongside excellent facilities offered by our partnership venue at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Our laboratories are all British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited.

The four overarching themes in the programme are

  • analysis of performance
  • improving performance
  • research methods and data analysis in both research and applied practice
  • professional practice

Many of the teaching staff support elite athletes as part of their work and undertake research in sport and exercise. We benefit from the expertise of our staff in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES). The team for sport performance have worked successfully with athletes competing at the Olympics, Paralympics, and Winter Olympics. They have provided, or are currently providing, sport science research and consultancy services at elite level for the • Amateur Boxing Association • Amateur Swimming Association (diving and swimming) • British Cycling • British Speed Skating Association • British Skeleton-Bob Team • English Bowls Association • English Golf Union • Royal Yachting Association • GB table tennis • GB volleyball.

You benefit from CSES' activities as they allow us to keep course content at the cutting edge, based on our knowledge and experience of sport and exercise science delivery. You can also benefit from a work-based learning programme to help develop your experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, supporting athletes and coaches.

During the course you use a mix of traditional and online learning resources to ensure the course is flexible and can fit in with your existing commitments.

The quality of our provision was rated 24/24 by the Higher Education Council.

Sheffield Hallam are a Skills Development Partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.

Professional recognition

This course is designed to meet some of the needs of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation.

Course structure

The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules

  • Analysis and evaluation of performance: technical and tactical (15 credits)
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance: functional and metabolic (15 credits)
  • Inter-professional practice in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
  • Work-based learning in sport and exercise science (15 credits)
  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Data analysis (15 credits)
  • Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

30 credits from:

  • Improving performance: strength and conditioning (15 credits)
  • Improving performance: physiology and nutrition (15 credits)
  • Applied performance analysis (15 credits)
  • Applied movement analysis (15 credits)
  • Human factors in sports engineering (15 credits)

Assessment

  • laboratory reports
  • project/ethics proposal
  • needs analysis
  • qualitative data analysis
  • managing projects
  • problem solving exercises
  • group work
  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • case study defence or report
  • quantitative data analysis examination
  • project file
  • abstract writing
  • article prepared for publication (MSc only)
  • reflective portfolio
  • technology-based communication package

Employability

As a graduate you benefit from the skills and experience gained from the employability modules and our connections with industry.

Previous graduates have gone into careers as • developers for suppliers of sport equipment • sport science officers • advisors for national governing bodies and the English Institute of Sport • coaches • developing corporate wellness programmes in the health and fitness industry • advisors to local authorities and local health trusts • strength and conditioning coaches • sport and exercise nutritionists • researchers • technicians • university lecturers.

The course's strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level. It is also an important first step into employment and can open many other doors into further training.

Sport scientists

Sport scientists support athletes or sports clubs, they generally provide advice and support, designed to monitor and improve sport performance, alongside a team of specialists including coaches, psychologist, performance managers and medical staff. Areas of expertise include • strength and conditioning • physiology • nutrition and analysis of movement and tactical performance.

Exercise scientists

Exercise scientists are more concerned with improving a person's health and helping them recover from illness through a structured programme of physical activity and other health-based interventions. They are also involved with preventative treatments and work closely with GPs and primary care trusts or private healthcare organisations. Exercise scientists might be employed by local authorities to run community based health and exercise initiatives.

It may be possible to move into a particular clinical area, such as cardiology, or work as a health promotion specialist for a local authority or healthcare trust. Our close links with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise medicine, part of which is based in Sheffield, will provide additional opportunities to those wishing to pursue careers in this area.

Other careers

Other careers also include • the pharmaceutical industry • the armed and uniformed services • journalism • teaching. If you are thinking about an academic career, many universities with sport-related courses require staff to have a higher degree.


Visit the Applied Sport and Exercise Science MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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